This is an On-Demand course that includes a video recording and a handout of slides that accompany the talk.

Top 5 Shame Findings

Chronic self-criticism and shame are often central for our most chronic, interpersonally difficult, and stuck clients, whether they are suffering with chronic depression, complex trauma, addiction, eating disorders, or stigma. Research on shame is starting to help us develop more nuanced and effective ways to work with this exquisitely painful emotion.

This talk focuses on five important findings from research on shame that have practical implications for working with this common and disabling emotion. These research findings and their implications are reviewed, recommendations on assessment made, and new strategies for working with shame are modeled.  Following an initial 45-minute lecture, Dr. Luoma and Kelly Koerner, PhD conduct two roleplays with a debrief after each.  The session concludes with Dr. Luoma answering general questions from the group.

Learning Objectives

After completing this course participants will be able to:

  • Describe both adaptive and maladaptive responses associated with shame.
  • Explain how to distinguish nonverbal cues that are key to recognizing shame
  • Explain research findings that have practical implications for therapy practice
  • Utilize different measures of shame and self-compassion with clients


Jason Luoma, Ph.D. is Director of Portland Psychotherapy Clinic, Research, and Training Center in Portland, OR where he maintains a small clinical practice. After earning his doctorate, Jason spent four years at the University of Nevada, Reno studying ACT with its creator, Dr. Steven Hayes. Jason is an internationally recognized trainer in ACT and author of Learning Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, a book popular with professionals for its mixture of sophistication and accessibility. He has conducted research on interventions for shame and stigma for over a decade and recently published the first randomized trial of an ACT approach to shame in addiction in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. He is currently conducting research on the two-chair task for self-conflict from emotion-focused therapy with input from Leslie Greenberg.

Licensing and Continuing Education Requirements

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The Evidence-Based Practice Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. The Evidence-Based Practice Institute maintains responsibility for the program and its content.  The Evidence-Based Practice Institute allocates 1.5 CE credits for this course following APA guidelines. After you successfully complete the course, fill out an evaluation form, and pass an exam, your CE certificate will be emailed to you.

Licensing and continuing education requirements vary by state. Please contact your state's regulatory authority to verify that this course meets your licensing and/or continuing education requirements.



Past Reviews

I would say that this course absolutely met the objectives of presenting the Top Five Research Findings on Shame and gave me specific considerations based on these findings, and introduced me to a very intriguing new intervention (the three chair technique). I would tell them how easy it was to access the training, and that it was thorough and aimed at practicing clinicians. The information was practical, and most of it I will be able to implement easily. - Chuck Nuttall, LCSW

I would rate the course as excellent. I think Kelly said it well; Jason not only presented the promised 5 research findings, but outlined their implications for clinical practice and gave a demonstration of their use. Very impressive, especially in the course of slightly over an hour! -  Connie Fanelli